Thursday 17th August 2017,

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East Meets West Brings Holiday Cheer to New York Chinatown

posted by ShirleyNLew

East Meets West

By Shirley N Lew

Photos courtesy CPLDC

Shopping is probably the biggest holiday activity this time of the year and it should be no different in New York City’s Chinatown and Little Italy.

To kick off the holidays, the two East Meets Westcommunities held an “East Meets West”  event last Saturday on 114 Mulberry Street that included musical performances by a local senior citizens group, a poodle act, a Chinese lion dance, Santa Claus, free hot cocoa and more. Toy donations were also being accepted for the Wounded Warrior Project.

This is the second annual East Meets West event. Last year’s format was a parade. The change to stage performances  encouraged visitors to stay in the area.East Meets West

Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation and the  Little Italy Merchants Association have joined forces to revitalize their communities and commerce throughout the year by offering local events to attract more shoppers. They have been more collaborative in the recent years as a result of the September 11 attacks which impacted them financially.East Meets West

Saturday’s event was also presented by L.I.S.A. Project, also known as the Little Italy Street Art.

 

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